US Congress Gets 40 ChatGPT Plus Licenses To Start Experimenting With Generative AI


US Congressional offices have begun to explore OpenAI’s popular and controversial generative AI tool ChatGPT as part of the policymaking process. The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer’s House Digital Services recently acquired 40 licenses for ChatGPT Plus, which were distributed to Congressional offices on a first-come first-served basis, with the House Digital Services team paying the $20/month per office subscription plan for an indefinite period of time.

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The chatbot won’t be able to run within the House of Representatives’ internal server, as it has a firewall that will block it. Staff have also been advised not to use the tool to run queries using Congressional data or other sensitive internal information. Additionally, the OpenAI tool can’t be used to download code onto Congressional devices but can be used within a web browser or Application Programming Interface (API) for requests.

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The AI tool is expected to be used for many day to day tasks and key responsibilities within congressional offices such as generating constituent response drafts and press documents, summarizing large amounts of text in speeches, drafting policy papers or even bills, creating new logos or graphical element for branded office resources and more. It is hoped that the AI tool will help Congressional staff to scale up more quickly regarding the demands placed on them.

The House Digital Services team was launched in the summer of 2022 with the aim of improving user experience in Congress and expanding the ability of lawmakers to interact with their constituents. This news of lawmakers experimenting with generative AI comes as federal government agencies work to establish new norms governing use of the technology. Last month, National Science Foundation Chief Information Officer Dorothy Aronson said her agency was beginning to experiment internally with appropriate use cases for such tech and to build safe guardrails for its use.

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